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Bakery to Replace Former Fast Cash Location

Confection Connection is coming to Lacey from Manasquan

A bakery will be filling in the unit where Fast Cash used to be located on Lacey Road after receiving administrative approval by the Planning Board.

Confection Connection will be coming to town as the Planning Board lifted certain food restrictions for the particular unit.

Richard Holzer, the landlord of the local strip mall in Forked River, previously went before the Planning Board on two separate occasions for an amended site plan — to have an elevator removed and to lift food restrictions.

“He’s had great difficulty complying with the restrictions imposed by the board at this site in order to rent out the site to qualified tenants,” attorney Chris Supsie said.

The strip mall has four units and only one is currently occupied since Fast Cash relocated, he said. Most potential tenants are food businesses.

“The restriction was put in there really with the venting issues for homes behind it,” board member and Committeeman Gary Quinn said.

Without much of a rear setback, the strip mall is located in close proximity to a residential zone. By placing a food restriction on the strip mall, the Planning Board was keeping potential offensive odors from those living directly behind it.

Confection Connection will be utilizing an electric commercial oven to cook its cookies, specialty cakes, pies, muffins, cupcakes and donuts. The oven has a cook top but owner Lori Thum said she doesn’t use it.

Because the oven doesn’t require venting and the types of odors that the bakery may produce would be less unpleasant than fried food, for example, the Planning Board lifted the restrictions. Any future tenants with a food use, will still have to go before the board.

Confection Connection was previously located in Manasquan.

“It did very well there,” Thum said. “I was there about a year. Unfortunately there was too much competition with another store so they didn’t want me to be there. I was not able to continue my lease there.”

Lacey Township is also closer to her home, she said.

“I like the fact that it’s right across the street from a church,” she said. “That’ll be a big draw.”

In addition to the homemade cookies and other products, pastries and bread will be delivered.

Seating will be available in the front of the bakery. Thum said her intentions are to create the same “warm” atmosphere that was in Manasquan.

In Manasquan, at 140 Main Street, the Confection Connection was open daily and was a wifi hotspot, according to its Facebook page. The bakery opened on June 2.

Johnny bravo December 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Fusciellos is the best we don't need any bakeries for other delis in town they have everything. Bakery deli and now pizza.
Cathy December 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I am thrilled to have a bakery coming in! Very much needed in town and they are right..the church will be a big draw for them! Good luck and welcome!
Forked River Mom December 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
This is really fantastic news!!! Lacey needs a bakery! No offense to Fusciello's, but that's not a bakery. Not even close! I can't count how many times I had to run to Shop Rite or neighboring towns to buy a halfway decent cake to bring to a party or function. I'm looking forward to the opening. I wish them well, they're in a pretty good spot too.
jabe0312 December 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Johnny, you last name wouldn't be Fusciello would it? Fusciellos is no more of a bakery than the Lacey car was is. Best deli ever....but hardly a bakery.
grace December 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
the butcher does have good bakery items but being closed on sunday should help this new bakery...i for one am ready for some good hard rolls and donuts
VoiceofReason December 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hopefully their fate is better than that of the Cupcake place that had a short stay in the Laurel Plaza.
Susan December 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I am excited about the bakery too. Looking forward to buying bakery cookies there and cool cupcakes for my daughter's school functions! Welcome!
Recman December 11, 2012 at 05:52 PM
As a former Trenton resident, and customer of Italian Peoples bakery, I find that a good kaiser roll is non existent in town. I hope they compare. Trenton is no picnic to ride thru!
Eleanor Chrzanowski December 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Cherry on top ( Lacey Road near Parkway ) also has fresh baked good daily from Staten Island.....special orders on cakes, bread, cookies and everything else a bakery has...Also a deli and Ice Cream...And don't leave out Shop Rite....deli & bakery......
Mary December 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
My husband has been a baker for over 30 years, are you looking for any help
grace December 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
that place is very inconvenient- didnt even know it was there until i saw ad in paper
annmarie cooney December 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I guess no one has heard there is also a great new custom cake shoppe going in on Rt 9 and beach blvd. A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe!!!! Their cakes and other unique treats are beautiful and taste delicous!! Check them out. www.asweetmemory.net and also on facebook!!
Carol Wright December 12, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Good Luck Lori, I know this will be a great move for you. Know what a hard worker you are and the great things you've done in Manasquan. Can't wait to vist your new shop.
Forked River Mom December 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Yes, there are other places in town that sell baked goods, but they're not bakeries. A bakery specialized in baked goods, not an assortment of foods and ice cream. We need a good bakery in town. I wasn't aware of the place going up near Beach Blvd, that's great! Now we have 2 new ones to try out. Yeah, that poor cupcake place on Laurel didn't fair too well. I walked in there and walked right out. Very expensive and the day I went, they didn't have much to choose from. We need a good old fashioned bakery with great bread and yummy sweet baked goods!
Lori Thum December 13, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Thanks Carol. Stop in and see me. I should be there daily right after the holidays getting the unit ready.
Lori Thum December 13, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Thank you to everyone for your support. As time gets closer, check out my facebook page for updates and grand opening specials!!!
diane December 13, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Fusciellos? Are you kidding? I went in there twice, both times threw out the food. Also, the person at the cash register got the baked goods and put them into a bag without washing her hands, after touching filthy money! Ugh, would never go into that place again.
diane December 13, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Lori wish you well in the bakery. Sounds like you have the right idea for somthing that will work. Will visit once you open.
Silver dollar December 14, 2012 at 04:18 PM
(OFF THE SUBJECT) Noticed today that the Lacey Marine store on rt 9 is up for sale Too many stores leaving Lacey . Not enough others opening up


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